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Kent Law School runs first ever Paris summer programme

Inspired by the University’s first ever Paris summer school in June with dedicated University-funded 50th anniversary scholarships, the Kent Law School decided to run its own programme this summer from 22-26 July 2013.

The week long programme was organised to prepare 15 new LLM students for their upcoming postgraduate studies. Participants, who came from the UK, America, Jamaica and Nigeria, were based at the University’s Paris facilities at Reid Hall in the Montparnasse district of Paris.

Lectures focussed on international criminal justice; law, arts and colonialism; environmental law; criminal justice; international commercial law; the French legal system and comparative law. To complement their learning, students also visited the Musée du Quai Branly and were given a tour of the main law libraries in Paris by Professor Geoffrey Samuel, an expert in French law.  

Dr Vicky Conway, Kent Law School Senior Lecturer and Director of the Pre-LLM programme said:

Our first ever Kent Law School Paris Summer Programme has been a great success and we would love to repeat it in the future. Being able to use the University’s facilities in Paris presents a wonderful opportunity for both students and staff to learn and teach in a new environment. Living and studying abroad, if only for a short time, certainly enhances the students’ experience and improves their confidence

Paris Summer School Lecturer presents student views of a museum trip at conference

Just over a week ago, Dr Sophia Labadi, Lecturer of Heritage at the University of Kent’s School of European Culture Languages, Director of the Centre for Heritage, and recent speaker at the summer school at the University of Kent, Paris spoke about her research on the Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration in Paris.

This museum featured in the Paris summer school programme following Dr Labadi’s session on ‘Immigration and integration’.

Dr Labadi, an expert in heritage and former UNESCO employee, concluded through her research that this museum is essentially ineffective in its aims to represent France’s immigrant population.

During the trip to the museum, summer school students were asked to consider and discuss Dr Labadi’s conclusions, making their own critical assessment of the museum based on their own impressions as visitors.

The conference ‘Memory Matters: African diaspora heritage’ on 20th July at the University of East London, organised by the University of Kent and the Congolese Refugee group discussed ‘historical, cultural and postcolonial connections and disconnections between the UK, the Congo and beyond’ . There were speakers from the Congolese community, youth activists, academics, artists and project members/volunteers.

Dr Labadi told us:

When I presented my work on the cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration at the conference I talked about some of the interesting discussions we had during the summer school visit. Thanks again to all of the summer school students for their critical engagement!


More students to benefit from Kent Paris scholarships in 2013-14!

The University of Kent’s Paris scholarship fund enables a student or a group of students to get financial support with their course.

Making a decision who to support from the strong field of applications is always a difficult task and only students expecting to graduate with a first class Bachelor’s degree who had already been offered a place on one of the Paris courses were considered.

This year, we are delighted to be able to more scholarships (UK/EU fees rate) to more  students thanks to a generous extra contribution from the University of Kent’s Faculty of Humanities.

We look forward to welcoming  the successful scholars to Canterbury in September and to Paris in January.


The University of Kent’s Paris Summer School has left scholars pining for the city they now love

Following the theme of ‘revolutions’, the two week Paris Summer School tackled a wide range of academic disciplines; from  avant-garde architecture, middle East uprisings and historical and political revolution to immigration to France, heritage management, self-expression and the use of new technologies to tell a story.

Every day a different excursion complemented the day’s learning. Highlights included a private opening of a philosophy cafe in the Marais for thought-provoking discussions, a guided tour of the castle and garden of Versailles and a peek at a hidden library with wondrous architecture.

The Paris Summer School’s ‘piece de resistance’ was watching the sunset  over Paris from the students’ roof terrace then claiming a deckchair in the Roman Arena to enjoy the capital’s Festival des Nouveaux Cinemas.

Dr Ana de Medeiros, Academic Director of the University of Kent at Paris commented,

It was a wonderful opportunity for our very best students to learn something new and discover Paris. They gained confidence, opened their minds to new subjects, became comfortable in a whole new environment, made new friends and even tried out some French! I am sure that these extra skills will all be extremely valuable in their future careers.

20 students arrive for two week Summer School at University of Kent, Paris!

This afternoon, 20 first class undergraduate students from the University of Kent will arrive to participate in the first ever Summer School at the University of Kent, Paris.

An initiative forming part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations, a total of 55 scholarships (5 more than originally announced) were awarded to Kent’s strongest students to enable them to attend the two-week Paris or Brussels Summer Schools.

With over 450 applications, competition was fierce. 20 students from across all faculties were awarded scholarships to study at the University of Kent at Paris for the first two weeks of June.

Students’ tuition, travel, accommodation, lunches and daily visits are all included in the scholarship award and Lecturers from Canterbury will travel to Paris to teach on the subject of ‘revolutions’ and then lead trips to museums and places of interest related to the day’s learning.

We are all looking forward to a busy, fun and intellectually stimulating fortnight in our favourite city!
Welcome to Paris!

Opportunity for Kent to study in Brussels or Paris for free this summer!

As part of the University of Kent’s 50th anniversary celebrations we are delighted to announce 50 Summer School Scholarships in Brussels and Paris.

Open to second and final year undergraduate students across all subject areas at Kent, the scholarships have been created to enable students to spend the first two weeks of June in Summer Schools at the University of Kent’s premises in either Brussels or Paris. They include tuition, excursions, accommodation and travel expenses from Canterbury.

A fantastic opportunity to discover the wonderful cities of Brussels or Paris, the Summer Schools will also offer the chance to either enhance and deepen knowledge of a familiar subject area or study something completely different for a period of two weeks.

Providing an insight into a wide variety of subject areas, scholars will gain expertise, skills and intercultural awareness, all attractive to potential employers.

For further information please see the Summer School Scholarship website.

Paris photo competition winners announced

University of Kent at Paris students were invited to submit entries to the Paris photo competition this spring.

Entries should ‘illustrate their time as students at the University of Kent at Paris’. First prize was an Ipad mini and second and third prizes were cash prizes.

We had a wonderful selection of photos and the choice was very hard but the winners were as follows:

1st prize: Osman Iyem (students in tree)

2nd prize: Michele Schmitz (street sign and student)

3rd prize: Lindsay Schmitt (tricolore)

This competition was funded thanks to the Faculty of Humanities and the Creative Campus project and students’ photos will be sued in Paris publicity materials in the future.

Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who competed!

Last day of ‘Paris in the spring’ for 2013

Today, students celebrated (or commiserated) the last day of their term in Paris. Similar to the UK, the weather has really been too cold for ‘spring’ this year but even with a lack of sun, the students have loved their time living and studying in Paris. 

The day started with an excellent guided tour of the Musee du cinema at the cinematheque which demonstrated how the art of cinema was actually established and what role France played in this.

The evening started with an aperitif and was rounded off by gallettes (savory pancakes), crepes (sweet pancakes) and Breton cider for all.

It’s not goodbye to Paris but au revoir!

Lecture on ‘Beats’ in Paris and meditation at Apollinaire’s grave

On Good Friday, Dr Will Norman (School of English) visited the University of Kent at Paris to entertain Paris students.

His lecture on the ‘beats’ in Paris enlightened students on the ‘beat hotel’ a run down and extremely basic, tatty and cheap hotel in the Latin quarter in the late 1950s and 60s which became residence to the members of the beat poetry movement, exemplified by spontaneous creativity and bohemian hedonism.  

One particular poem, ‘At Apollinaire’s Grave’ written by American poet Allen describes his feelings whilst at the famous grave in the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

So, after coffee and croissants (as opposed to the traditional British hot-cross buns on Good Friday) , Dr Norman led us to the cemetery himself so that we could have our own mediations at Apollinaire’s grave.

Expert on Francis Bacon leads visit to Pompidou Centre

Professor Martin Hammer from the University’s School of Arts, expert on 20th century artist Francis Bacon and member of the Tate Britain Council, visited the University of Kent at Paris today to work with our Masters students.

Following a specialist lecture in which he described the influences and impact of Bacon’s work, students got to see one of the subjects of the class first hand, the 1964 triptych ‘three figures in a room’ and one of the Pompidou Centre’s prize exhibits.

“I have learnt so much today! If Professor Hammer hadn’t been here, I probably would have looked at this triptych for a few moments and then moved on. His insights have been fascinating and he’s really made us think about the messages of the paintings. I have to say I never thought I could have spent a whole hour looking at same work of art and enjoyed it so much!’ (Paris student).